16 Of Trump’s Accusers Just Demanded A Congressional Investigation
At a New York City news conference on Monday morning, 16 women who accuse President Donald Trump of sexual misconduct have demanded a congressional inquiry. The women accused Mr. Trump of groping, fondling, forcibly kissing, humiliating or harassing them.
Three of the women, Jessica Leeds, Samantha Holvey, and Rachel Crooks — appeared on NBC News on Monday to share their own stories.
Leeds said that during a flight in the 1980s, Trump groped her, and Crooks said in 2005, while working as a receptionist for a company with an office in Manhattan’s Trump Tower, she introduced herself to Trump while waiting for an elevator and he forcibly kissed her. Holvey said while competing as Miss North Carolina in the 2006 Miss USA pageant, Trump came backstage to ogle the women, telling CNN she felt as though “we were just sexual objects, we were not people.”
The former Miss North Carolina, who was 20 years old at the time, said “he lined all of us up” and was “just looking me over like I was just a piece of meat”.
“It left me feeling very gross,” Ms Holvey told NBC host Megyn Kelly.
She later told the reporters: “They’ve investigated other Congress members, so I think it only stands fair that he Mr. Trump is investigated as well.
The claims have been given a new lease of life by the harassment scandals that have engulfed high-profile public figures since October’s fall of Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.
Ms Leeds says that when she was 38 she sat next to Mr Trump in the first-class cabin of a flight to New York and he sexually assaulted her.
Ms Leeds said: “He jumped all over me.”
Ms Crooks said she was kissed on the lips by Mr Trump outside a lift in Trump Tower when she was a 22-year-old receptionist at a real estate company there.
Crooks told reporters it’s been tough to watch as men accused of sexual misconduct, like producer Harvey Weinstein, have lost their jobs, while Trump is still in the White House, seemingly untouchable.
“I think it’s just evidence of sort of the political atmosphere these days, we’re forgotten by politicians who think it’s more convenient to keep Trump in office, you know, have him just sweeping his indiscretions under the rug.”
Trump has denied all of the accusations.